CRA to represent Aussie radio in global working group on Android Automotive

Staff Writer

Australia’s local industry body Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) will be part of a global working group on Android Automotive.

Android Automotive is an open-source operating platform with an interface designed for the car screen. It features Google Assistant voice commands to control a range of car functions, including enabling users to ask for a radio station to start playing.

Carmakers can customise Android Automotive and the likes of Ford and Volvo have already announced their intentions to adopt the technology.

The international working group of broadcasters, carmakers and tech experts will collaborate on innovation for Google’s infotainment operating system which is being built into new connected cars. It is investigating the use of a combination of broadcast radio, internet and voice technology to optimise the in-car radio experience.

AMI Research has forecast that 36 million new vehicles will be shipped with Android infotainment systems in 2030.

CRA CEO Joan Warner said it’s important that broadcast technology remains the foundation of delivering radio in the connected car because of its reliability.

“84% of Australians listen to radio in the car, so it’s vital that radio remains prominent and listeners can find their favourite stations easily,” she added.

She also flagged that the connected car will transform the in-car entertainment experience, and it’s pleasing Australian broadcasters are part of the initiative to work on how to deliver the best radio experience possible.

“This is a dynamic space and broadcasters need to participate in global efforts and work wth car manufacturers to ensure radio is in the new car app ecosystems as connected cars roll out,” she said.

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